#125: The Sword of Doom

wtatqmiq6qikxmbt8aknxm0u8wo#125 – The Sword of Doom, (大菩薩峠), 1966, Kihachi Okamoto
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Ryunosuke, a gifted swordsman plying his trade during the turbulent final days of Shogunate rule, has no moral code and kills without remorse. It’s a way of life that leads to madness.

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#993: Japan’s Longest Day

pgfvaj08unre5gti8bkvjz5rvgn#993 – Japan’s Longest Day, (日本のいちばん長い日), 1967, Kihachi Okamoto
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Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito, however, joins with his ministers in asking the unthinkable, the peaceful surrender of Japan. When the military plots a coup to overthrow the Emperor’s civilian government, Anami must face the choice between his desires and loyalty to his Emperor.